By Susan Hyatt, January 6, 2008
I have briefly organized the following thoughts concerning contemplative spirituality at the request, only yesterday, of two friends who do not know each other and who live hundreds of miles apart. As I faithfully press on and complete the current assignments God has given me, perhaps He will release me to develop these thoughts and present them with adequate documentation (which is available).
*Definition: contemplative spirituality - a belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology; the premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). www.LightHouseTrailsResearch.com
P. S. If you wish to see where this may be going, have a look at what Henry Nouwen’s soul mate is teaching, consider an excerpt from What's Sex Got to Do With It? Source: Lighthouse Trails. This article or excerpt was posted on May 23, 2007 @ 1:45 pm. From: www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com Category: Contemplative
“These assertions may sound absurd and far-fetched to some readers, but evidence of the truth of this does exist. For instance, Henri Nouwen (who along with Thomas Merton is one of the top icons of the contemplative prayer movement), in his last book The Sabbatical Journey, favorably revealed how he listened to audio tapes on the seven chakras which is the basis for tantric sex (p. 20). Also in Nouwen's book, he makes mention of his encounter with a mystic named Andrew Harvey, whom Nouwen referred to as his soul friend (spiritual mentor) and how much Harvey's mysticism had touched him (p. 149). And yet Harvey's mysticism also includes the tantric element. In an upcoming conference (The International Conference on Sacred Sexuality) Harvey is actually leading a workshop called ‘Sexual Liberation, Tantra, and Sacred Activism’ in which Harvey ‘will show that sexual liberation and Tantra are vital parts of the Divine Mother's plan for the birth of a new humanity, since they make possible a profound and ecstatic contact with what Andrew calls Divine Eros - a tender passionate dynamic love-connection. True Tantric sexuality gives its' practitioners access to extraordinary and unified energies which will form the base of a commitment to Sacred Activism.’"